Those Special Rays of Light Connecting Us to the Universe

Dear Reader:

Before Tommy and Kaitlyn left Dublin, their first stop, you might remember they went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Tommy left a note for Uncle Ben…(loved ones affected by war.)

Before they entered the cathedral they looked up and it appeared that Someone had lit a huge candle over the cathedral  spilling glorious rays of light all over the building and entrance. A special sign, no doubt! Or as I would imply…a God Wink!

* This cathedral brought back some special memories for Honey! She said: “Good morning friend! …In your blog today I was touched by the picture of St. Patricks. I remember visiting the beautiful church in 1972 with Moma. You see my Grand Mom was christened in that church many many years ago. The picture brought back so many memories. Love to you.”

When Joanna King (our wedding flower decorator, friend,  elementary art teacher to Tommy) saw this picture of the cathedral on Kaitlyn’s FACEBOOK she made this comment that made me pause.

“It’s not very often you can see rays of sunlight…I wonder how children always include them on their drawings? ” 

What a profound and acute observation from a retired art teacher! I started thinking back on my own children’s drawings and now my grandchildren’s works and she is right…little children automatically add rays to life… to stick people, flowers…bright yellow sunny rays accompany their first attempts at drawing.

Eva Cate even adds rays around her own self-portraits or pictures sometimes of others. She adds the rays to indicate the happiness she senses from herself or others. Here’s two recent examples:

Very young children (up to 5-7 years of age) see auras naturally. Infants frequently look ABOVE a person in front of them. When they don’t like the color of the aura above the head, or if this color is much different from their parent’s aura, they cry, no matter how much smiling the person does.

Children have much cleaner and stronger auras than most of adults, who are usually completely enslaved by the materialistic world and suppress their Nature by following superficial examples. Older children, when questioned about auras, remember seeing them but since no one else seemed to notice or care…they soon stopped caring too.  (Imaginative Children)

Adults, who are open to wider interpretations of nature and not restricted by their own peers, often speak of remembering seeing auras above their children, especially when they were small.

So is it any wonder that little children want to put rays of light on the sun and then add them to pictures in random fashion…because to them they appear naturally while they are happily involved in different artistic forms of self-expression.

So that is my “pause” for today. This is my first full day at Edisto and I decided before coming this time…that each of my days here would be open to the moment and not about deadlines…even with the blog post.

So I wrote down one “pause” moment for each day I am gone and that is all. When I return Saturday I will catch everyone up with memories of Edisto and Ireland! (I might be able to sneak in a few photos…if I can get a connection out.)

So until tomorrow…Enjoy this week! I plan to…!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Ard na Sidehe (Hill of Fairies) where Tommy and Kaitlyn have been located the last two days is going to be hard to beat for the magical quality of the place….but Dingle is calling…and I hope the sun too!

*I am excited that our new Dingle couple is heading to Dingle today…just an overnight stop but hope it will be memorable and fun…I loved it.

Hope you find a warm Irish pub with wonderful old Irish ballads and songs…it sure made Anne’s and my stay there memorable!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Those Special Rays of Light Connecting Us to the Universe

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    Know you and the Ya’s will have fun at the beach. Happy birthday to Brooke and Libby. Hope you will make memories of some of the beautiful rays and happy times this week.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    This was absolutely wonderful…I immediately started thinking about my own drawings as a child…my children…and my grandchildren drawing…it made me smile and think..Be still and know that I am God. ..


    On May 16, 2017 6:00 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Before Tommy and Kaitlyn left Dublin, > their first stop, you might remember they went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral > where Tommy left a note for Uncle Ben…(loved ones affected by war.) > Before they entered the cathedral they looked up a” >


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